Wakodahatchee Wetlands is in Delray Beach on Jog Road about two miles north of Andrews Blvd. It is 50 acres of undeveloped land. The Park was created in 1996 on 50 acres (20 ha) of unused utility land and transformed into a recreation wetland open to the public. With a three-quarter mile boardwalk that crosses between open water pond areas, emergent marsh areas, shallow shelves, and islands with shrubs and snags to foster nesting and roosting. Each day, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department’s Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility pumps approximately two million gallons of 90% treated water into the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. This water, which is free of organic contaminants but still contains excess mineral content, is naturally purified by the plants and algae in the wetlands, then released into the surface water supply
It is home to many water birds, passerines, an occasional raptor, iguanas, snakes, and several alligators. It is setup, board walk style where you are above the water by about 4 – 5 feet (so no need to worry about alligators or snakes). It is good to get there early as with most places, that is the best light, mid-day is a much harsher light.
You can see the walkway on the left of the image below. Those are two herons flying on the upper left side of the image.
It appears that Wood Stocks have decided this is their home and they are certainly making themselves comfortable.
Majestic in the air.
Standing on the railing
A young hatchling
As noted there many, species of birds, coexisting, here are several,
A Great Blue Heron Dancing
And the occasional snake,
There are islands in the water where most of the bird’s nest, you can see them building their nests, or laying the eggs, or see the hatching depending on the time or year. Early spring though June is good time for the hatchings.
It’s a great reason to be outdoors, especially this time of year, the heat is not oppressive.